Reimagined child experiments delivered to the door. A great niche to fill. (pics via Genius.box & AOL/engadget)
Receiving something by mail is a great delight. And no one gets more antsy and excited over packages in the mail than kids... well that may not be true. Better than getting anything that is used and then forgotten, is something that teaches you knowledge you will never forget.
That is the goal of a startup founded by Kate Pipa and Shivangi Shah from the Northeastern Entrepreneurs Club. The duo have founded an organization called genius.box that sends kids, between the ages of 8 and 12, a package containing all materials necessary for completing a science experiment. Also included are a lesson plan that goes along with each specific lesson and “factoid” cards that have pertinent scientific facts as well as where you can go to learn more about them.
Each project will teach about science, tech, engineering and math (the STEM field). For 20 bucks a month, you will receive an experiment kit every four weeks. The total number of experiments that will be available has not been announced yet. However, the team did demo two of their ideas at this year’s Husky Startup Challenge, hosted by the Entrepreneurs Club.
One of these experiments detailed how to create crystals in the form of rock candy. The included lesson offers a simple explanation of what atoms are and talks a little about their charge, which creates the crystal candy after all. The other experiment teaches how to create an electromagnet and how to light up an LED using parts of a Snap Circuit.
The startup is, well, just starting. A beta launch of genius.box is still in the works but expected to happen in the next few months. Genius.box won second place at the Husky Startup Challenge and a total of $1,250 to continue their endeavors. Signup to get updates straight from the source here: http://geniusbox.launchrock.com/
It’s like a modern take on those wacky experiments people could order in the back of science magazine decades ago. Someone has to fill the niche.
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